Beauty and the Beast would have to be my all time favourite Disney animated movie so as soon as I heard that they were making a live action movie I knew that I would be making a trip to the cinema.
I’m not sure what the most magical thing about the animated classic is; the music, the magic or the library. Ok, I’m sure.. it’s the library.
The classic is magical, it’s a movie I have watched countless times and I have passed my love of Belle and the Beast to my children. The live action was announced and I announced to my family that I was going – the children all put up their hand to come with me, in the end only Miss 13 (and the baby) joined me.
I must say that I was a little sceptical, how were they going to capture the magic and was it possible to do this movie justice. I think they did a wonderful job and I look forward to watching this one again and again.
Emma Watson as Belle was, I think, an interesting casting choice. She will always be Hermione Granger to me but she made a very convincing Belle. I think her voice was spot on and she sang beautifully. Belle is an intelligent young woman with big dreams and before her time so she still has quite a bit in common with Hermione.
The setting was just gorgeous and the castle was beautifully dark and cavernous. They certainly captured the atmosphere of the movie.
I was impressed that there were no glaring omissions, I feel quite confident in saying that it was very true to the animated classic. There was one scene that was changed near the end of the movie that I missed but Belle’s father had a slightly different profession so they needed to change it.
There were a couple of additions that I was really thrilled with, though I’m sure not everyone was. The movie begins with a party where we meet the prince in his vain and selfish ways, giving us a little more insight into his early character than we previously had. Belle’s mother is also introduced, we knew nothing about her previously. I loved the extra insight into our characters afforded by the additions but I know there are some who thought that it ended up dragging a little and became too long.
Two hours nineteen minutes is quite long, especially for a movie that is going to capture children because their attention span doesn’t always stretch that far.
Then there was the whole ‘gay controversy’, now I had thought it was all surrounding a gay kiss that was included in the movie. Imagine my surprise when it was such a non-event. Granted, LeFou is definitely more flamboyant than he was in the animated classic but he was definitely Gaston’s biggest fan then too so perhaps it’s just a little more obvious this time. The openly gay moment was far from controversial and I think if it hadn’t been made such a fuss of it would have passed totally unnoticed. My teen certainly didn’t register it until I mentioned it.
I loved everything about this movie, except the distinct lack of books when Belle was borrowing in the village. The library was everything I dreamed it would be, but it was a lot darker than the animated classic. There were a multitude of books though.
My heart was certainly touched, the magic was definitely in the air and I would be more than happy to see this again on the big screen – and I will definitely be watching again at home.
If you are a fan of the Disney animated classic I think you will love this and it is destined to bring a whole new generation of audiences to love the story.
Beauty and the Beast is in cinemas now so head out with the kids these holidays and spoil yourself.
My blurb went missing… so now I have to bring you a new one. One that is a little broader too.
I devour books, vampires and supernatural creatures are my genre of choice but over the past couple of years I have broadened my horizons considerably.
I inhale music, hair metal that satisfies my inner bogan is where my musical passion lies, but again I’ve been exposed to lots of different music I wouldn’t normally listen to and have broadened those horizons also.
In a nutshell – I love to write! I love interacting with a diverse range of artists to bring you interviews.
Perhaps we were perfect before – I LOVE WORDS! Reading, writing, speaking, listening – if it’s got words I’m there!